‘Love and Monsters’ is an interesting concept for an episode in any TV show. It’s funny how the writer’s explain that the Doctor isn’t a total mystery or stranger to earthlings other than Rose. The episode explores the world of fandom, how it can be cult-ish and obsessive. Things like the importance of a name, secret codes, inside jokes, and anecdotes within a group of people who share a common love/interest for something were shown in this episode.

It’s an interesting take on the fans of TV shows, anime, or movies. This episode didn’t necessarily mimic the bizarre nature of most fans who have reached a rabid level. They were more like a kumbaya group, singing songs and telling stories as if they were seated around a campfire. The peaceful nature of this little group, of course, was ruined when a strange man began to run the group. He started giving orders to each member, assigning them to specific uses and departments he had created. Although his methods destroyed the harmony of the group, they were getting close to finding the Doctor and Rose. People go through long lengths and take their passion towards an object of idolatry very seriously, but if they turn it into something like a job/mission rather than something fun, it won’t do much good. Of course, the strange man’s  intent of searching for the Doctor wasn’t out of fandom. He wanted to absorb him because he was so intelligent, hence he would be delicious.

But before all that, the group did many things that didn’t involve the Doctor. Their formation of a band that didn’t sing songs about the Doctor showed that cult-like groups don’t need to circle their group around their object of idolatry. Sometimes people are part of a fandom not because of the thing/person they’re idolizing, but because the friendship that was formed has become deeper. Cults have long passed the phase of dressing up like wizards and putting lightning bolt marks on their heads. Cosplayers don’t come together because they dress up like their favorite anime character, but because they like each other’s company. They enjoy dressing each other up and taking pictures.

What’s amusing is the romance that was created by the leading man and Moaning Myrtle (yes, that’s the actress’ identifier for me). I like how her face got stuck to a concrete tile. It’s a funny, but depressing predicament for both parties. The situation reminds me of that in the Anne Hathaway movie ‘Ella Enchanted’, where one of her aunt’s boyfriend is turned into a book. In the end, all turned out well for both of them. I really had hoped the Doctor would change her back. It was fairly disappointing that he didn’t. Oh well. Writer’s have to be cruel sometimes.

I think this plot was a very unique one for a television show. Dr. Who is beginning to show true innovation in humor and in showing points of view in the real world and translating it to TV.

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